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How a bill becomes a law

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Kira Bockwinkel

on 15 April 2010

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Transcript of How a bill becomes a law

Double click anywhere & add an idea Legislation is introduced Handed to the clerk of the house The senate must agree to annouce the bill at the morning meeting The bill is assigned a number. (e.g. HR 1 or S 1)
The bill is labeled with the sponsor's name.
The bill is sent to the Government Printing Office (GPO) and copies are made. Committee Action The bill is sent to the appropriate committee by the speaker of the house or presiding officer in the senate There can be time limits set by the speaker of the house A bill can be dischagred, approved or killed Floor action Legislation is placed on the calender House Senate Placed on one of the four house calender The speaker of the house and the majority leader decide what reaches the floor and when Legislation is placed on the Legislative Calendar. There is also an Executive calendar to deal with treaties and nominations. Conference Committee Members from each house form a conference committee and meet to work out the differences. If the Conference Committee reaches a compromise, it prepares a written conference report, which is submitted to each chamber. The report must be approved by both the house and senate. The President A bill becomes law if signed by the President or if not signed within 10 days and Congress is in session. If Congress adjourns before the 10 days and
the President has not signed the bill then
it does not become law If the President vetoes the bill it is sent back to
Congress with a note listing the reasons.
The chamber that originated the legislation
can attempt to override the veto by a vote of
2/3 of those present. If the veto of the
bill is overridden in both chambers then it
becomes law. The Bill becomes a Law Once a bill is signed by the President or his veto is overridden by both houses it becomes a law and is assigned an official number.
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